This post was contributed to the Crawford County Chapter of OGS by Kristina Stearley as part of the Florence Siefert Scrapbook in 2010.

The scrapbook is compiled from undated, unidentified newspaper clippings involving events in the lives of Crawford County citizens living in or having connections to New Washington, Tiro, Shelby, Sulphur Springs, Chatfield, Bucyrus, Ashland, Mansfield, and other areas. Only minimal spelling or punctuation corrections were made. Unreadable areas are shown by underlines, dots &/or question marks. This collection has been scanned, “optical character recognized” (OCR’d), proofed, then coded for HTML by volunteers of the Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Since the copies are not of the best quality errors may have been made. Please contact us if you find corrections needing to be made or can verify any missing dates which could be added.

A BRILLIANT WEDDING (Deferred from last week.)

Wednesday, (..?..)nuary 30th at 9:30 a.m. the bell of the St. Bernard’s Catholic church of New Washington, Ohio, rang out for the third time at which moment a carriage appeared before the entrance, bringing John C. Fries, of Norwalk, and Josaphina Amelia Wechter, of New Washington, the contracting parties, accompanied by John A. Wechter, the bride’s brother, and Mathilda Fries, the groom’s sister, as first waiters and Wm. Kramer, of Norwalk, and Elizabeth Wecther, the bride’s sister, as second waiters.
As they entered the church and marched through the main aisle the St. Bernard’s choir led by Sister Hyeson, filled the air with harmonious vocal music. They were followed by a large number of friends and relatives, and in a few minutes the church was filled with people. The ceremony began by Father Vogt with a High Mass and at 11 o’clock they were united by him into the holy hand of matrimony, as man and wife.
After all ceremonies and a sermon given by Father Vogt, they passed out through the large aisle and were met outside by a shower of congratulations. They now departed for the bride’s home and were followed by at least one hundred invited guests, where a grand table with all the delicious eatables and refreshments was ready for them.
The presents received during the day were entirely too numerous to mention. The day was mostly silent with vocal and instrumental music and all kinds of social games at which every one took an active part. A social dance took place in the evening at which the young(?) folks enjoyed themselves. The music was furnished by the Cummins Orchestra, and at 12 o’clock they all departed for their homes.
Among those present from abroad were Jo. Rimley and son, of Peru; Mrs Conrad Fries, the grooms mother; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fries, Wm Framer, Isabella and Udietha Ruff, of Norwalk, and a number of others too numerous to mention. The groom is the third youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Fries, and is a popular and prosperous young man living on his farm, within 1 1/2 miles of Norwalk, O.
The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wechter, and is a very estimable young lady. Their address will be Norwalk, Ohio; where they will begin housekeeping at once on the farm named. May their life be a long one blessed with happiness and prosperity. (ONE PRESENT)